Public invited to screening of documentary about fallen officers

News 12 First at Five / Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- For Jenny Johnson, the pain never truly goes away.

"The family still grieves every time something like this comes up," says Johnson. "The family relives it all the time."

Her sister, Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandy Rogers, was killed on a routine patrol in Aiken almost two years ago.

"It got to be where it was a monotonous call. It was, 'Oh, it's that spot again. It's that spot again.' She did not go prepared. She just went up there just casually going, and it cost her her life," says Johnson.

Rogers was the third local officer shot and killed in the line of duty in only about a three month period. Both Richmond County Sheriff's Office Deputy J.D. Paugh and Aiken Public Safety Officer Scott Richardson lost their lives too.

"If anybody can get anything out of this documentary of what's happened to the other officers who have died is that you always have to be in that cop mode, no matter where they go or what they do," says Johnson.

In January, an emotional documentary called "Heroes Behind the Badge" will hit the big screen at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center. It's a film that remembers officers across the nation who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It's a training tool for law enforcement, but it's also for the community," says Jessica Roberts, who's coordinating the event.

Roberts hopes the event will bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community, and that's why she wants everyone to show up from near and far.

Ticket sales will benefit the J.D. Paugh Memorial Fund, the Sandy and Scotty Scholarship Fund, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The screening will premiere on Jan. 23 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $15 a piece and can either be purchased in person on the night of the event or online at this link.

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